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Pat Rice Awarded MBE

Pat Rice Awarded MBE

Ex Arsenal player, captain, youth team manager, reserve team manager and assistant manager Pat Rice has been awarded with an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List. Rice retired in May, ending an association with the club that spanned close to half a century.

The Belfast born Rice has won the F.A. Cup twice and the League Championship once with the club as a player along with 49 caps for Northern Ireland, bagged two F.A. Youth Cups as Youth Team manager, his Youth side of the mid 80s set the bedrock of Graham's early title successes by nurturing players such as David Rocastle, Tony Adams, Paul Merson and Michael Thomas. He also won four F.A. Cups and three league titles as an assistant manager. He shares the distinction with Bob Wilson as having been involved in all three of Arsenal's domestic doubles.

Rice retired as assistant manager in May to be succeeded by Steve Bould. Rice reacted to the news with delight, 'I`m delighted and honoured to be receiving an MBE. The news of the award came as a complete surprise and I`m just so flattered to be included in the Queen`s New Year`s Honours List.

"Football and Arsenal have been my life and I have so many fantastic memories during my career. I have been lucky to have played and worked with so many great individuals, and through hard work I have enjoyed some success along the way.

"It has been a privilege to have represented Arsenal Football Club for more than forty years, a great club with great values. I am also proud to have represented my country on many occasions, and also a special mention to Watford Football Club, who I enjoyed a short spell with as well.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me throughout my career, and importantly, a special thank you to all my family, who have always been there for me and supported me throughout my career."



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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Saturday December 29 2012
Time: 10:41AM

Comments

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I had the good fortune of meeting him earlier this year, in New York. A humble gentleman. Love Pat Rice.
Sajit
29/12/2012 15:04:00
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How is he deserving of an honor? Sack the list maker, seriously what a joke...
Henry Baker Brown
29/12/2012 18:30:00
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He's got honours HBB, and you never will, so ***** off.
elbondo
30/12/2012 05:38:00
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at the risk of being thrown of the site, ifeel i have to say that HBB has just shown the world what an ignorant self opiniated tosser he is
cornish gooner
30/12/2012 13:42:00
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Cornish Gooner, trust me; a lot of readers hear have long reached that conclusion, or something close ;-)
Naijagunner
30/12/2012 14:58:00
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*here*
Naijagunner
30/12/2012 14:58:00
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